Author Archives: Nate Ben-Horin

Michael Tilson Thomas Pays Tribute to John Cage

John Cage

In my experience, you are more likely to enjoy a piece of music when you know and like the person who wrote it. It was clear during Michael Tilson Thomas’ one-night-only John Cage program on Saturday that he both knew and liked the composer, and this was part of the evening’s charm. The concert had less the feel of a pedantic presentation of this “American maverick’s” contribution to modern music, and more the feel of a tribute to a respected friend. The program consisted of two works: The Seasons (1947), an early orchestral suite derived from a collaboration with choreographer Merce Cunningham, and Renga (1975-6), a large-scale improvisatory work.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Orchestral

Composers, Inc. presents !BAMM!


On Saturday Night, Composers, Inc., a Bay Area nonprofit advocate of contemporary music, presented a richly varied program that included no fewer than six world premiers at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley. BAMM (Bay Area Modern Music) is a subsidiary program of Composers, Inc. that specifically gives voice to established and emerging local artists.

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Archived in these categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Chamber music